When Philadelphia released its crime data last month, this was part of the plan. Make anapplication programming interface (API) available so that the city’s growing corps of civic hackers could make something better with it.
“It’s the beginning,” said Chief Data Officer Mark Headd, speaking at police headquarters press conference. “It’s the beginning of an outreach process to the technology community to get them to use this data to do interesting and valuable things with it.”
A month later, GIS developer Dave Walk has stepped up to the plate.
Walk has created PHL Crime Mapper, a handy interface for seeing where serious crimes are being committed.
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